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100 Black Men of Chicago
From the web site: "100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. will provide positive role models for African-American males throughout the Greater Chicago area by pairing them with successful African-American professionals committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community based on the following principles: Respect for Family, Spirituality, Justice and Integrity."
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ACE Mentor Program - connects youth with building trades, careers
ACE’s mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.
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All Stars Project of Chicago
The All Stars Project uses performance as a tool for youth development and growth, All Stars provides young people the opportunity to develop as learners and performers, onstage and off. Operates in South and West side locations of Chicago
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. In Chicago, Lake County and West Cook County they offer mentoring at site-based locations and mentoring in a community-based format. Visit the web site to get involved.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago - Mentoring
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters to match adult volunteers to be mentors to individual Club members. Mentor matches meet weekly at the Clubs with their mentee one-on-one for 90 minutes on a weekday evening for the entire academic year. Mentors and members engage in a variety of activities in group settings, such as playing games and sports, doing homework and art projects, sharing general life experiences as well as field trips with other mentors/mentees.
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By the Hand Club - in four Chicago neighborhoods
By the Hand Club offers a wide range of youth support services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7:30 pm. Locations are in Altgeld-Murray, 13015 S Ellis Ave; Austin, 415 N Laramie Ave.; Cabrini-Green, 1000 N Sedgwick St and Englewood, 220 West 45th Place.
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Chicago HOPES for Kids - Homeless Education Program
Chicago Hopes for Kids provides on site tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities for students residing at five homeless shelters throughout Chicago, four days per week. Many of the students are in elementary school and performing below grade level as a result of homelessness. To counter such effects of homelessness, the Chicago HOPES after school program is working to provide these students with academic support, but also a source of stability, encouragement, confidence, and affirmation.
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Chicago Youth Centers - Teen Leadership Development Program
From the web site: "CYC’s TLD program prepares teens to become leaders and to achieve success in school as well as preparation for college and/or career by providing middle and high school youth (13–18 years of age) an opportunity for learning and personal development through clubs that meet their needs and interests. Each club includes the following core components: leadership development, skill development, service learning, extended learning, mentoring, and college and career readiness. All high school juniors and seniors participate in CYC’s post-secondary transition activities to ensure that they complete specific college and career readiness activities in the two years prior to high school graduation and college matriculation. Programs are offered through Through seven centers on the south and west sides of Chicago, a residential camp in Michigan and numerous partner sites throughout the city, CYC helps bridge the employable skills gap and empowers families to break the persistent cycles of poverty and violence."

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Chicago Youth Programs, Inc.
CYP's programs engage youth long-term, from preschool to college. At each academic and developmental level, program volunteers and staff, develop interventions aimed at helping at-risk youth learn grade appropriate concepts. By combining these educational interventions with a wide variety of recreational, social, health, and career programs, CYP creates its comprehensive formula for success.
Programs are operated in the Cabrini Green, Uptown and Washington Park neighborhoods.
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Connect - mentoring for Chicago HS students
From the Twitter page: "UIUC RSO - Our mission is to provide Chicago public high school students with mentorship, college exposure, and incentives to promote academic improvement."

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Family Focus - Violence Prevention Initiative
From the web site: "Afterschool programming held at our Aurora, Evanston, Highland Park/Highwood and Lawndale centers, supports children and youth ages 6-14. The programs provide positive alternatives to premature sexual activity, early parenthood, school dropout, and gang involvement by educating youth about their personal responsibilities and boundaries. Initiative focuses around academic success, exposure to the arts, and mental health services for children. During the summer, we provide all-day camps for children, utilizing teens form the local community to serve as camp counselors."
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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Scouting programs offer many forms of mentoring and youth development. Visit the site to learn if there is a program in your community.
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From the web site : "GirlForward is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for its pilot Mentorship Program, which will pair adult female mentors with adolescent refugee girls who have been resettled in Chicago. As a mentor, you will be paired with a refugee girl between the ages of 14-19 and will meet with her for at least two hours per week to talk about things like school, relationships, and careers, and to do fun and engaging activities together. All mentors make a one-year commitment to GirlForward and will receive individual and group trainings to prepare them for their role as mentors."
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GRIP Outreach For Youth - Chicago
From the web site: "GRIP Outreach For Youth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to address the needs of fatherless teenagers in Chicago's inner city. Connecting these youth with caring Christian mentors to build "life-on-life" relationships, GRIP provides programs and recreation to develop young people spiritually, mentally, and physically. Many of our teens are from neighborhoods where very few have a father figure in their lives and far too many end up in jail, addicted to drugs, or even dead before they turn 25."
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HFS Chicago Scholars
HFS Chicago Scholars, launched in 1992, assists economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city high school students who show academic and leadership promise achieve their educational goals by providing financial assistance and mentoring
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Intonation Music Workshop (IMW)
From the web site: "Intonation Music Workshop (IMW) empowers children to become rock stars on every stage of life through innovative music education. IMW’s in-school, after-school, and summer programs provide year-round access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities, and mentorship to youth age 6-17 in Chicago who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Through the process of learning to play instruments and working together with their peers, IMW students have the chance to get involved, learn new skills, express their creativity, and find their niche by playing in a pop band.

IMW partners with social service agencies, Chicago Park District locations, Charter Schools, and other organizations in the realization of its mission."
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Jumpstart Chicago

Jumpstart partners more than 170 college student volunteers to work with more than 550 Chicago city preschool children living in low-income communities in and around the city. Together, for an entire school year, they work on the language and literacy skills these children need to succeed not only in school, but also in life.

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LaunchU connects Chicago scholars with mentors
From the web site: "LaunchU connects motivated urban scholars with committed young professionals to provide one-on-one mentorship throughout the college process."
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Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan's Child and Youth Development programs and services promote academic achievement and social and emotional development among children, youth and families to foster their success in life.

One example is MetroMentors: A youth mentoring program provided in partnership with schools and community organizations. Screened and trained adult mentors are matched one-to-one with at-risk youth ages 7-14, with whom they meet at selected neighborhood locations supervised by program staff. Occasional group activities are held to facilitate social skills development for youth.
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Minds Matter - Chicago
Minds Matter is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.

Our goal is to equip underprivileged high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process.
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New Life Centers - Chicago
New Life Centers supports youth, families and community in six locations, including Little Village, Humboldt Park, Portage Park, Midway, Cicero and Oak Forest.
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North South Foundation - Supports Indian Youth in US and India
While the services of North South Foundation focus on youth from, or living in, India, the competitions they offer to stimulate learning could be duplicated to focus on youth from more diverse backgrounds.
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Passages Alternative Living Program, Project LEAP
Project LEAP, Lending Experience and Promise, is the comprehensive mentoring program of Passages Alternative Living Programs, Inc. serving the needs of youth affected by the incarceration of a parent. Seven million children, or one in 10 nationwide, have a parent behind bars, and national data released from the Bureau of Justice statistics, indicates that 3.5 million parents were supervised by the correctional system. Of these numbers, 64 percent of female prisoners and 44 percent of male prisoners lived in a household with their children prior to their incarceration. Children who have witnessed or are living with the imprisonment of a parent may suffer academically and exhibit emotional trauma.
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Penedo Charitable Organization - Girls Mentoring

The PCO program is designed to support the long-term academic achievement and social and emotional growth of our students. PCO plans to locate its program in different regions throughout Chicago, at an educational institution that shares our mission and provides a nurturing environment for our students.

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Polished Pebbles - Girls Mentoring
The Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program provides girls (ages 7-17) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. In partnership with local schools, businesses, and over 100 volunteer mentors, we have helped girls exhibit poise, react responsibly as opposed to retaliating, demonstrate assertiveness instead of aggressiveness, identify the difference between class and sass, and become polished.

Programs are offered at a variety of schools and non-school locations.
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